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When Christmas is a Beautiful Mess

For several days she hounded me about when her name was going to be sewn on her stocking, and I asked her to wait patiently. Then one day she appeared holding up her stocking with her name written in large, black sharpie ink. She had a proud, but sheepish grin on her face. I was furious. read more

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Managing the Magic of the Season

I don’t want to be stressed out during the most wonderful time of the year. I bet you don’t either. A couple of years ago, I unwittingly started a new tradition. I created a calendar of activities with all the simple joys of the season. read more

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Love Your Guests By Asking Them Questions

The best way to love on your guests and make them feel truly welcome is to make them your main thing. Simply - make it fun! You don’t want to turn a get-to-know-you dinner into an intense drilling that ends up resembling an awkward counseling session. read more

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3 Easy Ways to Teach Children Hospitality

Learning the art of hospitality is as simple as making those around you feel welcome and comfortable. Here are three simple ways I’ve introduced hospitality to my daughters. read more

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5 Mistakes to Avoid as a Hostess this Thanksgiving

In my eleven years of being married I've made a lot of blunders as a hostess, the biggest of which happened right before my wedding day. I said no to guests wanting to come at the last moment. That is, I said no to my mother-in-law, who wanted to invite them read more